PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s baseball program will host its eighth annual Lead-Off Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction at Drexelbrook on Saturday, January 14, 2017. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include Rick Stauffer ’74, Eric Mullen ’96, and Justin Godusky ’02.
In addition to the induction ceremony, the Harry Booth ’62 Award for outstanding dedication to the Saint Joseph's baseball program will be awarded and the 2016 team award winners will be honored. Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Scott Franzke will once again serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
A hard-throwing righthander, Stauffer played a key role in leading the program to the pinnacle of success, helping the Hawks capture a pair of Middle Atlantic Conference Championships and earn NCAA Tournament appearances in 1971 and 1974. As a freshman, he notched four victories, including wins in the MAC Tournament clincher versus Lafayette and in the NCAA Regional over Penn State. After missing much of the 1972 season with injuries, he went 9-2 on the bump over his final two collegiate campaigns, including a win in the Hawks NCAA victory over St. John’s in 1974.
A slugging first baseman, Mullen was among the catalysts for the Hawk offense during the mid-1990s. He currently ranks in a tie for third in SJU history with 132 runs batted in and tied for eighth in home runs (17). In 1995, he earned All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors and ABCA All-East Second Team recognition after hitting .342 with 14 doubles, 6 home runs, 41 runs scored, 51 RBI, and 15 steals, while helping SJU to a then-school record 25 wins. As a senior, he was recognized as the team’s Most Valuable Player, hitting .304 with a career-high seven round-trippers.
Among the top hitters in program history, Godusky ranks among the Hawks’ career leaders in doubles (third), hits (eighth), RBI (ninth), batting average (11th) and home runs (tied for 11th). An iron man in left field, he started an SJU record 175 consecutive games to finish his career. As a senior, the Hawks’ captain earned All-Atlantic 10 Second Team honors, after batting .343 with 17 doubles, 33 runs scored and 42 RBI. A standout in the classroom, he was named Academic All-America 3rd Team in 2000. In addition, he was a three-time Academic All-District selection and two-time Academic All-Atlantic 10 honoree. He was twice recognized as the program’s Vasquez Award winner.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit alumni.sju.edu/leadoff. The cost is $65 ($50 for Young Alumni) and includes a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.